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    Sunday, February 26, 2006

    That higher measure of justice that is mercy



    The world has largely forgotten Bosnia and Herzegovina. 10 years exceeds our
    attention span. Unless you happen to live in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    http://www.kath.net/detail.php?id=12954

    Vinko Cardinal Puljic, archbishop of Sarajevo, addressed a greeting on behalf of all the bishops to the Pope.


    The Pope responded: „After the sad years of the recent war, as agents of peace, you are called today to reinforce communion and spread mercy, understanding and forgiveness in the name of Christ, both within the Christian communities as well as in the complex social fabric of Bosnia and Herzegovina.“


    „To be fecund at the spiritual level,“ he said, „love does not have to follow simply earthly laws, but allow itself to be illuminated by the truth that is God and translate itself in that higher measure of justice that is mercy.“

    "...contributing to heal the still open wounds and resolve conflicts and divisions, heritage of bygone years.“

    The Catholic Church paid a very high price during the war, Vatican Radio reported on Thursday. In Sarajevo alone, Catholics decreased from 500.000 to 125.000.


    In the whole of Bosnia and Herzegovina, nine priests and a nun were killed, 99 churches were destroyed and 127 damaged, not counting the dozens of attacks on monasteries and ecclesial centers.


    It is estimated that some 450.000 Catholics were obliged to abandon their homes.

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